$2,500 Expedition Cost

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New Delhi, India October 17th- 23rd, 2016

Reimagine Education

This expedition will immerse you in the strengths and weaknesses of Delhi’s education system. Education in Delhi is the focus of Effect.org’s work; you’ll speak with nonprofits and visit Effect.org Schools to see ideas in action. You’ll then create tech-focused solutions to Effect’s biggest issues in our education hackathon.

Questions? Email us expeditions@effect.org


"I know it's cliche, but this trip changed my life."
Elyse May, Google

During this expedition, a team of volunteers will participate in an incredible opportunity to see and understand education in India at a grassroots level. Since 2010, Effect.org has been working in India to create quality, affordable education. With Effect.org staff, you’ll visit our schools, learn about various education models, and failures & successes of the the education system.

The team’s biggest goal is to leverage each individual’s technical skills during a Hackathon. You’ll spend 4 days learning about the barriers that Effect Schools faces and the Hackathon working on solutions.
Whether you are a marketer, HR, developer or have other skills, every professional background assists in making this hackathon successful!

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Travel through New Delhi visiting Effect.org schools, learning about education models, and successes & failures of India’s education system.


Working with a team of fellow volunteers, you will come up with solutions to barriers that are presented by Effect Schools. Coder, marketer, designer, all skills are needed to make this happen.

Make a difference

You’ll have the chance to see and understand how education works in India. Working with nonprofits and applying your everyday skills, you’ll create solutions to help change communities. Most importantly, you will see the consequences that exists when there are barriers to education.


Working directly with Effect Schools, you’ll help with the biggest problems they face. Your projects will be provided with grant funding so the ideas are actually implemented.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • All meals & drinks (non alcoholic)
  • All in country travel
  • Pre-program fundraising support
  • In country safety training

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Visa
  • Vaccinations


Land in India. Set your clocks ahead GMT +5:30. Arrive at hotel
Day One of Volunteering Induction and training program. Short and sweet, not boring:) Visit government school sites Visit Effect.org schools
Day Two of Volunteering Travel to rural villages outside of Delhi and interact with locals and learn about education in their community
Day Three of Volunteering Spend half day alongside local nonprofits that work on issues within the education sector See how public education works in India Spend half a day at a local school
Culture Day - Visit Taj Mahal
Spend time brainstorming and discussing what we learned during the week. Visit Effect.org schools Hackathon starts
Hackathon all day Final pitches and winners are announced. Wrap up meeting

Meet Your Expedition Leaders

Nicole Allen

Director of Strategy

A British native, Nicole handles Effect.org’s strategy. She started her career shaping lifestyle brands in London. After working closely with nonprofits, she knew she wanted to use her branding, marketing and strategic skills to give the silenced a voice. A writer and avid reader, she has a way with words. Nicole is big on multitasking, loves to laugh and is training for her first half marathon.

Sandy Singh

Program Director

Starting her career in marketing and events for corporate america, Sandy turned her attention to international development when she moved to India and scaled programs centered around Social Enterprise throughout the country. Sandy administered and created programs both helping the homeless and preventing homelessness in her hometown of Turlock, CA. Sandy has a true passion for everything India, is addicted to coffee and loves boxing, reading, and travel!

Casey Allred

CEO / Founder

Hailing from a small town in Idaho (USA), Casey’s love of international development started at age 19, as he lead others in life changing activities in Albania for 2 years. He started Effect.org in 2010, opening a school in rural Bihar, India. Passionate about filmmaking, he produced Stolen Innocence, a documentary exposing human trafficking. In 2015, Casey led the largest volunteer group rebuilding after the Nepal earthquake. An outdoor fanatic, Casey is happiest in the mountains and loves getting out on his bicycle.


Education affects everything. From lowering mortality rate to decreasing birth defects and increasing health, education benefits are seen at almost all avenues of life. Education lowers crime rate, lowers exploitation and is the best way to break the poverty cycle.
The four days leading up to the hackathon, team members will learn the scope of the education problem through interactive involvement with nonprofits, local leaders and and by visiting Effect.org schools. Illiteracy is a bigger problem in India than any other country. Each team member will learn hands on about the entire education sector (including private and public schools), including the challenges that face children in education, the quality of education, and the accessibility of education. Participants will have the opportunity to work closely with the students, teachers, and administrators at Effect Schools. The team's primary project is to leverage each individual's technical skills during a hackathon, to come together, share ideas, form teams, build and or design products and launch your idea. Each team will present their idea, product or design at the end to a panel of local professionals. The theme of the hackathon is, “Reimagining Education Through Technology” Be it marketing, HR, coding or other skills, every professional background assists in making this hackathon great. Participants efforts during the hackathon will be dedicated to solving their problems.
The team will be staying in a modest hotel in New Delhi.
The team of volunteers will be accompanied by Nicole Allen Director of Strategy at Effect.org and the Program Director at Effect.org, Sandy Singh & Casey Allred CEO of Effect.org. Additionally we have trip leaders from previous expeditions.
The program will include the following (all arranged by the Effect.org team):
  • Pre-program and fundraising support from dedicated staff members at Effect.org
  • A 7-day expedition (including 2 travel days) community development project developed in partnership with local NGOs and communities
  • A half day in-country induction program including training, safety, First Aid, communications, cultural awareness and acclimatisation
  • Personal development and creative sessions facilitated by the Effect project managers, including daily debriefs and activities which look at sustainability and International Development
  • Traditional Yoga will be provided every morning
  • Cultural (fun) day
The total cost of the trip is $5,000; however, most companies match, which means that you’ll only need to pay or fundraise 50% i.e. $2,500. Each volunteer is responsible for knowing their company match program.
  • You can either pay yourself or fundraise. We have found from previous trips that those who fundraise usually get more involved and gain a richer experience in country.
  • You’ll need to pay $1,250 deposit to secure your place, by August 23rd. (This will also go towards your final balance)
  • Flights are not part of company's corporate giving programs. You’ll need to pay in advance for your plane tickets. Round trip tickets from SFO usually cost around $1,400 - $1,700. They need to be paid in full by September 20th through our travel agent.
  • Balance of $1,250 due by October 4th. First payment can be refunded if volunteer changes their mind 7 days after the first payment (5% processing fee). 30 days before the trip starts refunds will be given at 50%. Beyond 30 days Effect.org will not refund the expedition.
Please rest assured that the Effect.org team will give you advice and guidance on fundraising and as a team, we will each collectively plan some cool events together to raise funds together.
Your donation goes to transportation, food, lodgings, whilst in country. In addition, your money goes towards a grant to ensure new technology projects are implemented properly. Full break down can be seen here.
  • An in-country project manager with extensive expedition experience to deliver the expedition in the field with the group.
  • In country transport, vehicle, accommodation, food, drinks (non-alcoholic) and equipment.
  • All community project costs including materials and expedition/ safety equipment.
Yes and No. We appreciate that your schedules are jam-packed, which is why we’ve condensed this experience to just one week. Be sure to look into your company VTO policy.
  • You’ll need to complete a detailed (confidential) medical form
  • You’ll need to have appropriate vaccinations (*we’ll give further guidance on what to have and where to go, but you’ll need to cover the cost).
  • You’ll need to get an e-Visa online before arrival ($60 paid online)
We’ve received a lot of interest for this trip. We choose applicants based on their passion and skillset to ensure each expedition has a diverse group of individuals. Effect Expeditions has several trips planned for 2016 and 2017 across India and Nepal, covering issues including Education, Trafficking and Disaster Relief. In the event that you aren’t selected for this trip, someone from Effect.org staff will be in touch to work with your schedule and place you on an upcoming expedition.
Please note that the application deadline is August 16th 2016. Please make sure you have submitted this form by then.
Delhi in August can be hot and wet! You can expect a days filled with an average of 8 hours of sunshine. The average daytime temperature in August generally hovers around 26°C (79°F) to 33°C (91°F) Each person will need sunscreen, rainproof clothes, and a good pair of trail shoes to sail through the elements.
Tuesday, August 16th: Application deadline
Friday, August 19th: Communication sent to applicants.
Tuesday, August 23th: $1,250 deposit due to Effect.org to secure your place, alongside completion of the Effect.org online application and medical form (which will give instructions on how to pay). You’ll shortly receive a Welcome Packet from Effect.org.
Tuesday, September 13th: Deadline for flight payment.
Tuesday, September 27th: Everyone must have their vaccinations by now
Tuesday, October 4th: Final balance of $1,250
Friday, October 14th: Flight departure!
You’ll have the unique opportunity to feel, see and understand at the ground level the education sector in India. Education is a basic right but many children grow up without the chance to learn. Education determines achievements, potential and opportunities to join the workforce. Quality education gives children the biggest head start in life. However, illiteracy is a bigger problem in India than any other country in the world. Although there are both strengths and weaknesses in the educations sector in India, it's an important issue that desperately requires imagination to enhance it. Applying your everyday skills, you’ll be able to create solutions to help save lives. We understand how important it is to disconnect from your daily routine, and we believe this will be a great opportunity for many of you to see the world and to make a real difference using your unique background of experience and skills. Let’s change the world together!

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